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Nigeria's Internet Users Hit 115.9 Million

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 18:04

The Nigerian Communications Commission has said that the Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to 115,938,255 million in March 2019.

The disclosure was made on Monday by NCC in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for February posted on its website.

The data showed that overall internet users increased to 115,938,225  in March from 114,725,357  recorded in February showing an increase of  1,212,868  new subscribers.

According to the data, Airtel, MTN and Globacom gained more internet subscribers during the month under review, while 9mobile was the biggest loser.

The breakdown revealed that Globacom gained the most with  950,115 new internet users, increasing its subscription in March to 28, 436,386 from 27,486,271 recorded in February.

Airtel  came second  with 351,657  new users in the month under review, increasing its subscription to 31,243,185  in March  as against 30,891,518 recorded in February

MTN also gained 13,522 new internet users in March, increasing its subscription to 46,552,185  as against 46, 538,633 in February.

The NCC data further showed that 9Mobile lost 166,542 internet users in March with 9,642,393 as against 9,808,935 recorded in February.

The data revealed that Visafone recorded 64,076 in March, but had nothing recorded in February

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Judge Disqualifies Himself From Rape Trial Of Ex-Bayelsa Gov's Aide Over Petition To NJC

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 17:58

Justice Iniekadi Eradiri, of the Bayelsa State High Court on Monday disqualified himself from the trial of Chief Richard Kpodo, a former aide to ex-Gov. Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State.

Kpodo who is standing trial for the alleged rape of a 26-year female cashier, appealed Justice  Eradiri’s ruling declining to disqualify himself from hearing the case.

He then petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) accusing the judge of bias.

Kpodo’s counsel, Julius Iyekoroghe, had on Dec. 21, 2018, approached Eradiri with a motion on notice, urging him to disqualify himself.

Eradiri however, referred the application to Chief Judge of Bayelsa.

Justice Kate Abiri, Chief Judge of Bayelsa, subsequently declined an application to hand the rape trial to another judge.

The defence counsel alleged that the judge showed bias in the case by refusing to grant bail to the defendant.

Ruling on the petition on Monday, Eradiri, said that he was constrained to hand off the case to pave the way for the investigation by the NJC.

"I feel strongly that I should no longer continue with the case , since the petition against me before the National Judicial Council is being investigated.

"I will therefore hand over the case file to the Honourable Chief Judge," Eradiri said.

It will be recalled that Kpodo, who was earlier denied bail by Eradiri appealed the decision at the Appeal Court and was released from prison custody at Okaka Prisons Yenagoa, where he was held from July 2018 till April 2019 having met the bail conditions.

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18 Oil Thieves Forfeit N3.5m To The Federal Government, Bag 3 Years Jail Term

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 17:52

A gang of illegal automotive gas oil dealers were last week arraigned at the federal high court in Lagos before Justice Rilwan Aikawa for illegal dealings in petroleum products without licence.

The gang of 19 men who pleaded gulity to the charge include, Ayeah John, Emmanuel Tosin, Ayetiniyi Ademola Agbayo Lawrence Adelia Thomas, Idowu Surprise, Benjamin ThankGod and others.

One of the defendants, Elaamah Augustine, pleaded not guilty.

The defendants were intercepted at about 4:00 pm on the 30th of August 2018 by the Nigerian ship, Beecroft while on patrol on Atlas Golf Island with 2 fibre boats loaded with 21,840L of Automotive Gas Oil.

Subsequently, in the course of investigations, 10 other crew members were arrested and it was revealed that the source of the product was from one Mama Elizabeth.

Also, the sum of N3.5m was recovered from one of the defendants in this matter which was said to be part of the proceeds of the illegal dealings. Two locally made guns were also recovered from the 19th defendant.

The EFCC counsel Mohammed Idriss told the court that the Nigerian Navy later transferred the matter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the defendants were confronted with the findings of the investigations and they volunteered for a plea bargain which the commission accepted.

Mohammed further tendered pieces of evidence to support their findings such as a letter from the Nigerian Navy dated 13th of December, 2018 addressed to the acting chairman of the EFCC, Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft letter dated 25th, January 2019, the statements volunteered by the arresting officers, M.A Yakubu and Aminu Ahmed as well as the statements of the 18 defendants who pleaded guilty.

Also in evidence were documents from the exhibit keeper for the 2 locally manufactured guns and the N3.5m.

The prosecuting Counsel further urged the court to convict the defendants.

Justice Aikawa after taking a critical look at the pieces of evidence tendered by the prosecution as well as having pleaded guilty for the charges against them, found them guilty as charged.

The court after considering the plea bargain, voluntarily entered by the defendants and granted them each, 1-year imprisonment on each of the count charges to run concurrently beginning from the day of arrest.

The court further stipulated that the defendants upon release must enter into a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any illegality again.

In the ruling, the court forfeited the sum of N3.5m to the federal government of Nigeria and instructed that the 21,840L of automotive gas oil be sold by the EFCC in collaboration with appropriate government body or private organisation and the proceeds realised be remitted into the federation account.

And finally that the 2 locally made guns be forfeited to the the federal government and handed over to the Nigerian police force for destruction.

The other defendant, Augustine who pleaded not guilty is yet to get his bail pending trial.

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FULL STORY: Court Remands Naira Marley In 'Prison' Custody

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 17:09

Naira Marley's Mother In Tears As Lawyers Explain The Situation To Her

Naira Marley In Court Surrounded By Heavy Security


Naira Marley In Court Surrounded By Heavy Security

The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday ordered that Nigeria singer, Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, be remanded in prison until May 30th when the hearing of his bail application will take place.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo presided over the arraignment. 

Naira Marley was charged to court at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 11 count charge bordering on cybercrime, possession of counterfeit cards and conspiracy to obtain gain.

After the 11 charges were read to him, he pleaded 'not guilty'.

The arraignment which was scheduled to start by 9:00am was delayed for some minutes due to the late arrival of Naira Marley and bad weather.

Upon arrival at the court premises at 9:46, the proceedings could not start due to the absence of the lead defense counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN).

Video of WATCH: Naira Marley Arrives Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Looking Subdued As Mother Bursts Into Tears WATCH: Naira Marley Arrives Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Looking Subdued As Mother Bursts Into Tears WATCH: Naira Marley Arrives Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Looking Subdued As Mother Bursts Into Tears

The prosecuting counsel led by Rotimi Oyedepo prayed that the musician be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of bail application.

Following this proceeding, the defense counsel represented by Taiwo Oreagba, passed on an application for a bail and a need for the defendant to remain in EFCC custody.

After hearing from both sides, the Justice Oweibo concluded that the application for bail will be looked into on the 30th of May, 2019.

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Mild Drama 
A visibly shaken woman which SaharaReporters confirm to be Naira Marley's mother burst into tears on sighting her son when he arrived in company of the EFCC.

After the proceedings, she again became teary, shivering as the EFCC handed him over to Prison Officials to be detained until the 30th of May, 2019.

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Back Story

On the 10th of May, in an early morning raid, the EFCC arrested musician, Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile and three other over their alleged connection to advanvce fee fraud.

READ BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Musician Naira Marley

Few days after their arrest and intense grilling, Zlatan Ibile and two others regained their freedom with inside sources confirming to SaharaReporters that they were freed on administrative bail and will report to the EFCC office every morning.

READ UPDATE: Zlatan Ibile, Two Others Walk Free As EFCC Hangs On To Naira Marley

Zlatan Ibile on the 19th of May, released a single titled '4 Days In Okotie Eboh' in which he called out 'fake friends' who turned their backs on him after he was arrested.

READ Days After Release From EFCC Custody, Zlatan Ibile Drops Single '4 Days In Okotie Eboh'



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Police In Kaduna Open Fire On Mob To Prevent 'Jungle Justice', Kill One, Injure Three Others

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 16:30

At least one person has died and three people have sustained gunshot wounds when the Nigeria Police Force attempted to disperse an angry mob in Kawo, Kaduna State.

The crowd was allegedly lynching one of three-suspected kidnappers who came into their community to abduct some people.

However, the Police got wind of the action of the mob and moved into Kawo. They then shot sporadically to disperse the crowd and four people were hit in the process.

A resident of Kawo who narrated the incident said that the youths in the community blocked roads leading in and out of the community, chased the kidnappers and caught one of them who was immediately set ablaze.

The matter escalated when the Police came in and in an attempt to disperse the crowd, killed one of the people.

“The Police officers started shooting once they got here, to scare away people and they shot four innocent people. One person is dead and the remaining three are being treated in Kawo General Hospital,” a resident said.

The residents, angered by the action of the Police stormed the police station demanding that the other kidnappers be released unto them.

DSP Yakubu Sabo, Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, was unreachable when contacted on the matter.

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PARTING GIFT: Lagos Awards N10m Contract To Design Ambode's 'Retirement House'

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 15:22

The Lagos State Government has awarded N10m contract for the production of architectural drawing for the proposed “retirement house” of Akinwunmi Ambode, the outgoing Governor of the state.

The contract awarded by the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructure in March this year would be handled by Studio 3 Architects.

The proposed house is part of the retirement benefits of the governor under the state Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Law.

According to a document released to journalists, the house, which is expected to be a magnificent architectural spectacle, is to be located in the sprawling suburb of Ikoyi precisely at No. 18 Glover Road.

The outgoing Governor could not secure a second term ticket as he would be succeeded by Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on May 29.

Though details of the proposed building is not yet in the public domain, it was gathered that the N10m is also for consultancy services for the architects.

An architect who spoke with a dailytrust correspondent on Sunday said the N10m for the design was not too outrageous.

The architect said, “The N10m is for consultancy service and I don’t think it is too outrageous. Don’t forget the N10m is for the consultants who may likely lead the design team comprising the builders, bricklayers and others who would work on the building. 

“The thinking of some people is that what would an architect do that the builders or the civil engineers cannot do? But if you have an architect supervising a building, you cannot compare the project with the one undertaken by a builder or civil engineers."




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BREAKING: President Buhari Sacks FAAN Boss, Dunoma, Appoints Hamisu Yadudu As Replacement

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 15:19

Barely two years after his confirmation of his five-year tenure as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma has been sacked.

The sack of Dunoma came to many as a rude shock.

Dunoma had been touring the airports with the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika for commissioning of some airport projects.

The duo with other chief executive officers were together in Lagos on Friday and Saturday for commissioning of projects, while they also travelled together on the same day to Ibadan and Benin for the continuation of the commissioning of some projects at the airports.

A statement by the Deputy Director Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), Mr. James Odaudu stated that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the removal of Dunoma.

In his replacement, the government has approved the appointment of Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, the current Director of Airport Operations in the same agency.

Odaudu said that the appointment of Yadudu takes immediate effect.

Dunoma who was the Director of Business Management in FAAN was appointed in 2014, during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan as an acting Managing Director.

In 2017, his appointment was confirmed by Buhari.

With the confirmation, his tenure was supposed to end in 2022, but he was sacked barely two years into his tenure.

Though, a source close to the ministry told SaharaReporters that there had been deep enmity between Dunoma and Sirika in recent time.

Also, it was learnt that Dunoma had been battling some health challenges in recent time.

Dunoma with his position as the Managing Director of FAAN was the President of Airport Council International – Africa (ACI-A) in Nigeria, but with his removal Nigeria may lose that position.

Oduadu stated that Yadudu is an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airport Council International (ACI) accredited international airport professional.

He also holds professional certifications in Avionics, Airport Safety Management Systems, Airport Security Management and Air Transport Systems Management amongst others.

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Fire Breaks Out At Trans-Forcados Pipeline In Delta State

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 15:11

Fire is currently ravaging Trans-Forcados Pipeline operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services in Delta State.

Sources around Yeye community close to Chanomi creek, say the fire resulted from excessive heat from a pumping machine which was being used to transfer crude oil fro the barge site into a barge.

The Chairman of Yeye community, Mr. Philip Fianka, told the News Agency of Nigeria that outbreak happened at about 11:00am on May 19.

He called on relevant authorities to intervene and put the fire out.

Similar Outbreak

A similar event occured in Oju-Imole, Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State on the 25th of April 2019, when a seven-day blaze at Oju-Imole Field operated by Chevron at Okorigho ravaged the community.

According to the residents, despite bringing the inferno the attention of Chevron, the operator of the oil field, the blaze continued consuming a large expanse of land and destroyed marine/wildlife while constituting heavy pollution without intervention from the authorities or Chevron.

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Governor Al-Makura Refuses To Respond To FoI On Security Vote, Says 7 Days Too Short

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 15:10

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Governor of Nasarawa State, has refused to respond to a freedom of Information request by the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) on how he spent security votes he received as Governor of the State from 2011 to 2019.

The outgoing governor, responding after a month of receiving the FoI request, said that the stipulated seven days to respond is too short while requesting for more time to compile and provide details on the spending of the security votes.

A letter sent to the SERAP with reference number NS/MOJ/ADM/108/VOL1/65 reads, “I refer to your letter dated 12th April 2019 requesting information on the spending of security votes by Nasarawa State between 2011 to date. I am directed to draw your attention to the fact that the information being requested covers a period of eight years and will require more than 7 days to process. We shall revert to you as soon as the information is ready.”

In response to the Governor, SERAP gave Al-Makura an extension of seven days to respond with details of the spending of Nasarawa state security votes.

It added that failure to respond would necessitate a legal proceeding to force it to comply with the FoI act.

“Thank you for your letter and expressed commitment to disclose details of security votes spending by your State

"We urge you to fast-track the process to ensure that the information is sent to us before the expiration of your term on 29th May 2019. This would be a perfect parting gift to the people of Nasarawa, and show the way for 35 other state governors and the federal government that have failed, so far, to respond to the FOI requests on security votes spending.

“In light of Gov. Al-Makura's request, SERAP is happy to extend the period within which to provide the requested information.

“We would be grateful if the information is now provided to us within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this response, failing which SERAP shall take all appropriate legal action to compel Nasarawa state to comply with our request,” the letter reads.

SERAP had in April 2019 sent a letter to all 35 state governor and President Muhammadu Buhari, asking them to provide information on specific details of spending of appropriated public funds as security votes between 2011 and 2019, given the current security realities in the country. 

The organization also said it is interested to know if public funds meant to provide security and ensure respect and protection of the rights to life, physical integrity, and liberty of Nigerians have been spent for this purpose. 

It added that rather than serving the citizens, the appropriation of public funds as security votes over the years seem to serve high-ranking government officials at both federal and state levels.

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Nigerian Government Urged To Prosecute All Corrupt Officials In Malabu Oil Scandal

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 14:40

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA) and its global partners have asked President Muhammadu Buhari, in line with his anti-corruption fight, to continue with the prosecution of all corrupt officials associated with the Malabu oil scandal deal.

Olanrewaju Suraju, Chairman of HEDA, in a statement issued on Sunday commended the Nigerian Government for the fresh legal case instituted in a United Kingdom court noting that it shows “a clear admission that local officials were hands-deep in fraudulent deals running into billions of dollars.”

“We are pleased with the new filings by the Federal Government in the UK court. Contrary to this latest acceptance, the Attorney General of the Federation had written to the president, demanding EFCC’s discontinuation of the trial of the people and companies involved claiming there is no sufficient evidence to prosecute the case. 

“We reject the AGF for his flip-flop and insufficient support or even disbelieve in the anti-corruption efforts of the agencies,” Mr Suraju added.

HEDA said though it is pleased that the AGF has now agreed with the EFCC that there are criminal elements in the case and that it is disadvantageous to the interest of Nigeria, but that the AGF needs to go further and back up with practical actions. 

Mr Suraju said the Malabu scandal was a huge opportunity for the Nigerian government to show to the international community that it is truly committed to its fight against corruption by ensuring all involved in the scandal are convicted. 

“We cannot talk of development without being serious about the fight against corruption. We cannot talk of foreign investment in an environment riddled with corruption. 

“We can never command global respect when the international community see us as crooks and dishonest people. The Malabu trial is a golden opportunity for Nigeria to prove to the world that the country is ready to do business with dignity and honour,” Suraju said.

HEDA, together with its partners, presented a report in November 2018 revealing some of the government officials involved in the Malabu deal.

In the report, several Nigerian officials including former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Petroleum Minister, Dan Etete, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu and many oil subsidiary companies were named in the scandal, which has been the subject of litigation in Milan, Italy. 

Other top Nigerians listed are Emeka Obi of EVP, son of former Nigerian Senator and defendant. He was convicted in the Italian criminal proceedings to have provided a link between Etete and Eni. The following were also named Mohammed Bello Adoke, Attorney General of the Federation, (2010 to April 29, 2015), Diezeni Alison Madueke, Minister of Petroleum, April 6 2010, to May 28, 2015, and Umar Bature, a former House of Representative member.

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UPDATE: Naira Marley's Mother Cries, Shivers As EFCC Hands Him Over To Nigerian Prison Officials

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 13:46

Naira Marley's Mother In Tears As Lawyers Explain The Situation To Her

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has handed over Azeez Fashola better know as Naira Marley to men of the Nigerian Prison Service for detention. 

He pleaded not guilty to 11 count charge preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

READ ALSO BREAKING: Naira Marley Pleads 'Not Guilty', To Be Remanded In EFCC Custody Until May 30

Until his arraignment at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Monday morning, he was in the detention facility of the EFCC.

Naira Marley's mother who was at the court to witness her son's arraignment is currently in tears.

Her agony was intensified when she witnessed the EFCC hand him over to the Nigerian Prison Service for detention until May 30, 2019.

More to come.

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BREAKING: Naira Marley Pleads 'Not Guilty', To Be Remanded In EFCC Custody Until May 30

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 12:56


Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley has pleaded not guilty to the 11 count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 

After the charges were read to him in the presence of Justice Nicholas Oweibo, he pleaded ' not guilty'.

Justice Oweibo however slated the 30th of May for the hearing of bail application.

Until then Naira Marley will be remanded in EFCC custody.

More to come.

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CSOs To Hold Anti-corruption Protest In Abuja On Tuesday

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 12:47

Civil Society Organizations, anti-corruption crusaders, students, workers as well as women groups would hit the streets of Abuja to protest against corruption and looting of funds by corrupt government officials in the country.

The protest will be held in Abuja, the capital of the country, tomorrow, Tuesday.

The organizers of the protest said that the protest would focus on drawing attention to the brazen stealing of funds by politicians and government officials especially the Malabu oil scandal, with which government officials and oil giants looted billions of naira of public funds.

Sina Odugbemi of Civil Society Network Against Corruption stated that the protest would also be used to enlighten Nigerians about the OPL245 and create engagement among Nigerians to hold public officials accountable at all times.

Odugbemi said, “It became very clear that OPL 245 deal viewed under the prism of experts is nothing but a dummy sold to Nigeria. More than meet the ordinary eyes was also revealed, the scandalous revelation of a monumental fraud committed against Nigeria by Shell and ENI and top government functionaries such as the erstwhile Petroleum Minister, Dan Etete and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke which became apparent given a closer look by experts.”

“As a way of sensitizing Nigerians on questionable circumstances surrounding the OPL245 which experts say will cost Nigeria to lose an estimated $6 billion or more, rights groups will be staging the rally in Abuja to stir greater sanctions against corrupt individuals and corporate organizations.”

He encouraged all Nigerians to join the mass protest and stand in putting an end to corruption being perpetrated by government officials.

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UPDATE: Absence Of Naira Marley's Lawyer Stalls Court Proceedings

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 12:39

Azeez Fashola, Nigerian musician better known as Naira Marley was on Tuesday arraigned at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.

He is being charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on his alleged involvement with advance fee fraud.

SaharaReporters spotted Naira Marley at 9:46am when he arrived the court premises. 

READ Full List Of EFCC's 11-Count Charge Against Naira Marley

The musician who is wearing a white tee shirt and black trousers looked subdued as he was led into the dock.

Mild drama ensued when his mother on sighting him burst into uncontrollable tears while family members who accompanied her tried to pacify her.

The proceeding was however stood down upon commencement due to the absence of the defence team.

One of the defence counsels for Naira Marley, Taiwo Oreagba is currently on ground.

More to come.

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BREAKING: Naira Marley Appears In Court Looking Subdued, Mother Bursts Into Tears On Seeing Him

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 12:06

Nigerian Musician, Naira Marley,  who was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrived the Federal High Court In Ikoyi for the commencement of proceedings against him filed by the EFCC.

Naira Marley was arrested in connection with advance fee fraud polpularly called 'yahoo yahoo'.


More to come.

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Gunmen Raid Church In Kaduna During Choir Rehearsal, Kill 1, Abduct 17 Others

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:30

At least one person was killed and 17 others abducted when gunmen struck some communities in Kaduna State on Sunday.

The church attack was carried out on the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

The villages affected are Dankande and Dogon Dawa in Birnin Gwari local government area and Guguwa-Kwate village and Rigasa area in Igabi local government area of the state.

In Dankande, a witness said over 20 gunmen surrounded a church where a choir rehearsal was going on.

“It was at about 12:30 midnight. We had a combined choir practice in the church with other neighbouring communities. We normally hold  the combine choir practice from 9:00pm to 1:00am,” the witness said.

”As we were in the church, the armed men numbering over 20 just surrounded the church and started shooting.

“Everybody was terrified but there was no how we could run because they had already surrounded the church.”

A community leader in Guguwa-Kwate said his elder’s brothers son was in the church when the gunmen struck.

“They entered one house and  were beating people. They kidnapped one man and a woman in the house. The killed my senior brother’s son,” he said.

“This is the fifth time these bandits are invading our community. About two months ago, they abducted two people in the farm.”

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Abuja Residents Raise The Alarm Over Plot To 'Islamize' The City As Authorities Mark Another Popular Hotel For Demolition

Sahara Reporters - Mon, 2019-05-20 00:54

Fun seekers stay away from bar for fear of police brutality


Following the ceaseless onslaught on the hotels and nite clubs by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), residents of Abuja have raised alarm over plan to Islamize the nation's capital through the exercise. 

The accusation is coming following the quit notice served on another popular social club ( Ibiza Nite Club ) which is located at No.11, Port Harcourt Crescent, Off Gimbiya Street, Area 11, Garki.

READ ALSO After Raid On Women, FCDA Demolishes Popular Abuja Caramelo Club

The FCTA authority have given a two-week notice to the management of the club to revert to the designated use or risk appropriate sanctions. 

Any moment from now the authority will mobilise bulldozers to the premises of the building for action. 

When a phone call was put across to Head of information, Head Abuja Municipal Management Council  ( AMMC ) , Grace Zamani to speak on the quit notice and the alleged infractions committed by the owner of Ibiza.  She declined to comment but asked our reporter to come to the office.

When Saharareporters visited Ibiza club on Saturday it was scant with few customers seen at the bar section.  Also, the club which always record large number of customers both in the day and night is now a ghost of itself as the place was deserted following the raid by a joint task force of Abuja Environmental Protection Board  ( AEPB).

Fun seekers stay away from bar for fear of police brutality

According to a social commentator, Mr. Ini Akpabio, if there is any extant law backing the action of the FCTA then it would be difficult to read religion and tribal sentiments to the action.

Akpabio urged the authority to follow the rule of law in enforcing the law adding that added that two wrongs can never make a right. 

He, therefore, asked the owner of Caramelo Lounge to seek redress in the court of law if there is any infraction on the part of the authority. 

He stated that Abuja is a cosmopolitan city and any law made must reflect the interest of all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic and religious affiliation. He added that a cosmopolitan city must be run as cosmopolitan devoid of any primordial sentiments. 

On his own part the Coordinator Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju said those people with school of thought of plan to Islamize the city cannot be wrong. He stated that those who are morally regulating the city belong a particular religious faith with a clandestine agenda. 

Deji cautioned those behind the plot to jettison such reprehensive plan stating that Nigerians will resist it.

A group under the aegis of Concerned Abuja Residents last week took to the streets to protest the arrests of over 100 women from public places on suspicion of loitering and prostitution.

The National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) also condemned the alleged molestation and exploitation of women by police. The commission also ordered the Executive Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board ( AEPB ) to appear before it to explain the motive behind the raid.

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100 Level UNIUYO Student Drowns At Pool Party

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-05-19 23:03

Kingsley Erik, a 100 level student of the University of Uyo, has drowned in the swimming pool of De Vegas Paradise Hotel in Uyo, on Saturday during a pool party.

The incident was confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday by, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Akwa Ibom, SP Odiko Macdon.

Odiko said that the Command had commenced preliminary investigation into the matter to unravel more facts concerning the incident, as the police did not foreclose a foul play.

He added that the corpse had been deposited in a mortuary as investigation continued to establish more facts.

NAN reports that an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the incident occurred about 9.00 p.m. on Saturday, adding that the deceased was found when one of his colleagues spotted the body after others had left the pool.

“When my friends and I were about leaving the venue of the party to catch up with time before they lock our hostel, we heard someone had drowned in the pool.

“I was shocked because there was no sign of such and everyone had left the pool a long time before then.

“No one noticed he was drowned. Maybe because it was already dark and there was loud music. When he was brought out, people tried to revive him but it was all in vain,” she said.

“it was gathered that the deceased was later rushed to the University of Uyo Health Centre where he was confirmed dead.

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'Don't Let Your Disappointment With Buhari Turn You Into A Bigot', Lamido Advises Obasanjo On Boko Haram

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-05-19 22:31

Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa State, has advised a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, not to let his disillusionment with the Buhari-led Administration turn him to a religious and ethnic bigot.

SaharaReporters had reported how Obasanjo at an event at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in Delta State, claimed that the twin evils of Boko Haram and marauding cattle herders were “no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youth in Nigeria which it began as” but now a “West African Fulanization, Islamization and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining, and regime change.”

'Boko Haram Is For West African Fulanization, African Islamization', Says Obasanjo

But responding in a statement on Sunday, through Mansur Ahmad, his media aide, Lamido asked Obasanjo to withdraw the statement, arguing it was improper for such a divisive statement to have come from a nationalist and a former president.

He said, “If it were said at a non-religious venue to a non-religious audience, maybe; it might have been more tolerable.

“Please sir, don’t let your disappointment with (the) sitting president turn you into a bigot. You must not abandon the national stage. The cracks along the various divides in our National cohesion are already turning into huge gorges.”

Lamido,  though a Fulani like President Buhari, is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and a vociferous critic of the current government. He is also a staunch ally of former president Obasanjo.

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Days After Release From EFCC Custody, Zlatan Ibile Drops Single '4 Days In Okotie Eboh'

Sahara Reporters - Sun, 2019-05-19 22:20

Omoniyi Temidayo, Nigerian musician popularly called Zlatan Ibile, has released ‘4 days in Okotie Eboh,’ a single calling out fake friends days after his released from detention. 

Zlatan was arrested alongside Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley on what the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission described as 'connection to advance fee fraud popularly called 'Yahoo Yahoo'.

Few days after his release from administrative bail, however, Zlatan took to the studio to release the single, where he narrated his experience while at the custody of the anti-graft agency.


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Zlatan dedicated some lines in the song to 'fake friends' who turned their back on him while in detention.

Lyrics (translated from Yoruba)

“Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”. See Also Sahara Reporters BREAKING: EFCC To Arraign Naira Marley On 11-Count Charges 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

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